Obituaries

Lolita Lucille Laubach

Sept. 17, 1924 – Jan. 6, 2019

TOPEKA — Lolita Lucille Laubach, Topeka, formerly of Scranton, died Sunday, Jan. 6, 2019, at McCrite Care Center, Topeka. She was 94.

She was born Sept. 17, 1924, at Olsburg, the daughter of Le Roy and Elsie Toothaker Warthen. She moved to Wheaton when she was six months old. She graduated from Wheaton High School.

She attended Clark's Business School, Topeka and was employed by Mass Mutual Life Insurance Company as a cashier from 1943 to 1953.

Marilyn Adkins

Oct. 31, 1937 – Jan. 5, 2019

EMPORIA — Marilyn “Joan” Adkins died early Saturday morning, Jan. 5, 2019, at Emporia Place. She was 81.

She was born Oct. 31, 1937, at Brewster, the daughter of Marion A. and Vera J. Lowe Tucker. She attended high school in Hayward, Calif., and graduated from Hayward High School with class of 1955. Following high school, she joined U.S. Navy and received nursing training while serving.

Shirley Nadine Parks

April 5, 1931 – Jan. 5, 2019

TOPEKA — Shirley Nadine Parks, beloved wife of Lawrence E. Parks, Miller, died Saturday, Jan. 5, 2019, at Stormont Vail Hospital, Topeka, surrounded by her family. She was 81.

She was born April 5, 1931, daughter of Ed and Fern Johnson, Miller. She graduated from Miller High School in 1949.

She worked as a nurse aid before marrying her high school sweetheart, Lawrence, March 26, 1950. They were married in the house where she lived until her passing. He survives.

Eva Katherine Sebring

Nov. 29, 1928 – Dec. 27, 2018

OVERBROOK — Eva Katherine Sebring, Overbrook, formerly of Burlingame, died Dec. 27, 2018, at Brookside Retirement Community, Overbrook. She was 90.

She was born Nov. 29, 1928, the daughter of Fred Aaron Sortor and Ana Urania Carolina Tolin Sortor, Colby. She grew up in Clay Center, graduating from Clay Center High School with the class of 1946 with a degree in normal training.

She married LeRoy Sebring Oct. 19, 1946, at Clay Center. They celebrated 52 years of marriage until Leroy passed away in 1998.

Jay Clifford Borsdorf

July 4, 1940 – Dec. 24, 2018

TOPEKA — Jay Clifford Borsdorf, Burlingame, passed away peacefully Monday, Dec. 24, 2018, at St. Francis Hospital, Topeka. He was 78.

He was born July 4, 1940, at Emporia, the son of Cornelius Augusta and Frances Irene Staley Borsdorf. He farmed all of his life in the Harveyville community.

He married his loving and devoted wife, Judith Jane Bruce, Harveyville, June 22, 1957. She survives. They had four children, Wesley Borsdorf, Kimbra Kahle, Tammy Dudzik and Timothy Borsdorf.

Jay Clifford Borsdorf

July 4, 1940 – Dec. 24, 2018

TOPEKA — Jay Clifford Borsdorf, Burlingame, passed away peacefully Monday, Dec. 24, 2018, at St. Francis Hospital, Topeka. He was 78.

He was born July 4, 1940, at Emporia, the son of Cornelius Augusta and Frances Irene Staley Borsdorf. He farmed all of his life in the Harveyville community.

He married his loving and devoted wife, Judith Jane Bruce, Harveyville, June 22, 1957. She survives. They had four children, Wesley Borsdorf, Kimbra Kahle, Tammy Dudzik and Timothy Borsdorf.

Henrietta Bernadine Heiman Quaney

Dec. 28, 1931 – Dec. 27, 2018

BURLINGAME — Henrietta Bernadine Heiman Quaney, Burlingame, died Dec. 27, 2018, at her home in Burlingame, KS. She was 86.

She was born Dec. 28, 1931, in rural Seneca, the daughter of Frank T. and Josephine Buessing Heiman. She attended school at St. Mary’s High School, St. Benedict.

After a time as a nanny, she moved to Topeka, and began work at Vern’s Cafe. She met the love of her life at a CYO dance in Topeka.

Tamra Jo Arb Foster

Sept. 8, 1959 – Dec. 22, 2018

TOPEKA — Tamra Jo Arb Foster, Topeka, died Saturday, Dec. 22, 2018. She was 59.

She was born Sept. 8, 1959, the daughter of Howard and JoAnn Fanning Arb. She graduated from Melvern High School in 1977, as the class salutatorian. She earned her bachelors degree in nursing from Washburn University, December 1982.

She married Dean Foster Sept. 3, 1993. He preceded her in death.

She worked as a nurse at St. Francis Hospital and Colmery-O’Neil VA Medical Center. She was a member of Junior Chamber of Commerce.

Bonnie Marie Nelson

Dec. 27, 1957 – Dec. 17, 2018

INDEPENDENCE, Mo. — Bonnie Marie Nelson, Independence, Mo., died Monday, Dec. 17, 2018, at her residence. She was 60.

She was born Dec. 27, 1957, at Wellington, the daughter of Glenwood and Bernice Hunt Barlow and was raised by her mother and stepfather, Walter Wyant. They later moved to Burlingame, where she graduated from high school in 1975 and receiving her LPN from Flint Hills Area Vocational Technical School, Emporia.

Janice Wright

Nov. 23, 1932 – Dec. 15, 2018

COUNCIL GROVE — Janice Wright, Osage City, died Saturday, Dec. 15, 2018 at Diversacare Healthcare, Council Grove. She was 86.

She was born Nov. 23, 1932, at Osage City, the daughter of John and Eva Ricca Martin. She lived all of her life in Osage City, where she graduated from Osage City High School.

She worked at Supply Depot at Forbes Field. She also helped take care of many children over the years. She was a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church, Altar Society and was a Girl Scout leader for several years.

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